MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A group of Alabama judges, legislators,
lawyers and law enforcement officials is recommending changes in
sentencing laws that they say will reduce the number of inmates in
Alabama prisons and end up saving millions.
Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb created the Public Safety and Sentencing Commission last year. The commission released its recommendations Wednesday.
Cobb says the most important recommendation is to provide all inmates with supervision for as long as six months when they leave
prison. She says inmates who don't have supervision are much more
likely to commit another crime.
Nine bills based on the commission's recommendations will be considered by a House committee in late March.
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